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Newcomers from Asia unaware of speed of vehicles here, says traffic police chief

  • By Sunil K. Vaidya Bureau Chief
  • Published: 15:18 January 1, 2013
  • Gulf News

Muscat: The police in Oman are keen to spread awareness among low-income unskilled Asian workers about the risks of crossing roads across the country at random. “A lot of Indians as well as Far Eastern Asians put their lives at risk by crossing roads anywhere,” Brigadier Mohammed Bin Awadh Al Rawas, Director General of Traffic with the Royal Oman Police (ROP), told Gulf News.

He urged media, especially vernacular papers from Indian and other Asian countries, to spread awareness about the difference in speed of vehicles in their villages and here. “They are ignorant about the speed of vehicles in our country and they are not used to such high speed,” he said, adding that most make an error in judgement and lose their lives.

“We would urge them to use pedestrian bridges or underground pedestrian crossings,” he said.

The traffic police in Oman has printed awareness pamphlets in several Indian languages, including Urdu and Bengali.

However, Brigadier Al Rawas feels that the regional media in the respective country can play a role in spreading awareness about the risks of crossing roads in this part of the world where cars travel at a much higher speed.

“Please highlight this issue as there’s a significant rise in poor workers getting killed while dashing across main thoroughfares,” he said.

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